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Missouri softball playing against S. Carolina in protest

The Missouri softball team announced prior to the start of Saturday’s senior game that they are playing in protest of the most recent investigation placed by the Missouri athletic department and athletic director Mack Rhoades. The investigation will be looking into the Missouri softball organization and coaching staff, but there have been no remarks as to what the investigation specifically entails.

The players released a written statement calling this an “unjust investigation” and a “wholly unsubstantiated investigation of our softball program and the softball coaching staff.”

Earleywine has been with the Mizzou softball team for 10 years now, and the players said, “This softball program under coach Ehren Earleywine is the winningest program in the history of Missouri sports” and “This unnecessary investigation on our coaching staff is having and emotional effect on our team.”

There have been no additional comments made by the players on coaches on the matter, but players will be available for interviews following todays’ game.

Mack Rhoades has been unavailable for commentary.

Below is a picture of the statement released by the Missouri Softball Players.

Statement on the Missouri softball protest from the Mizzou Athletic Department.

After the game all players declined to comment saying, "I stand by my teammates and coaches. No comment."

When asked about the protest, Earleywine said, "Not today."